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Old 02-21-2007, 09:02 AM   #11
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:28 PM   #12
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Squared to the cubed power ! (roflmao!!!)
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:15 PM   #13
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And all I did was ask a simple question.

Hey Sexton, thanks for looking up the answer!
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Old 02-22-2007, 06:54 AM   #14
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Man, I'm STILL laughing! May I have permission to copy & disseminate you computation sheet, and if so, can you email me a large copy of the image that won't pixillate so badly when I enlarge it and frame for my office as my next motivational poster!?!

Seriously, I want a printable copy and permission to share it with others. I haven't laughed that hard since the Great Bottle Rocket Battle of 1979 (long story).
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:52 AM   #15
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It is actually from a friend of mine. It's amazing what frustrated students will do. What's worse is that you know you're going down the wrong track like that, but the calculator makes it so easy to just keep right on going. I'll e-mail you a copy ASAP.
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Ok, I lied. PM me an addy to send it to since I can't attach files via the board's e-mail system.
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Old 02-22-2007, 06:00 PM   #17
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THANKS!! Please launch it to me at thiss address:
mailto:griff@thewhiteelephantstale.com
and a tip-o-the-hat to you and your friend!
(I'm chuckling again already in anticipation, that page really strikes a chord!)
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:57 AM   #18
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According to a post I found on the Dodge Cummins forum, it takes 40 Amps to pull
the solenoid in, and only 2 Amps to hold it there.
We keep learning!
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Old 03-05-2007, 04:57 AM   #19
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let me tell you a story about my 6.6 liter ford skoolie engine in downtown san fran about 3 am......

driving along, tired as can be, grouchy, looking for a place to park a bus in downtown san fran. Ever been there? there is no parking for a full size skoolie in that city! Anyhow....as i am making a right hand turn my engine dies. just like someone turned the key off. This has me very puzzled since the mechanically injected diesel doesn't need 12 volts to run. When i turn the key, the engine will 'fire' but as soon as the starter is no longer engaged the engine dies. hmmmm. Eventually i have someone else turn the engine over while i watch what happens under the hood and i notice that this little lever on the side of the engine (more correctly on the side of the injector pump) moves when the engine begins to fire, but returns to it's resting spot when the starter is no longer engaged. What i didn't realize i was looking at was the fuel shutoff solenoid. Being the electrical genius that i am, I cut the wires going to the solenoid and connected a 12 volt hot wire to each wire until i found the one that made the lever move back and forth or perhaps worded more correctly made the solenoid actuate. At this point, i wanted to go to bed hours ago, i'm still really grouchy, and i'm still in downtown san fran parked in an illegal parking spot with a bus that doesn't run. After twisting the proper wires together and thus making the little solenoid do it's thing i turn the key.......low and behold the bus starts right up! I was excited to say the least. in the hours i spent before this blessed moment working on the engine, i did call good sam club for a tow truck....the soonest they could get one to me was 6 hours....

back to the story.....

after letting the bus run for about 1 minute and jumping up and down in excitement i begin to smell something burning. It was the unmistakable smell of burning electrical wires.....hmmm??? I open the hood and touch the wires i had just connected to the fuel solenoid and they are approximately a million degrees. Of coarse i didn't use a fuse or anything......I disconnect the wires and the bus engine dies immediately.....UGGGGGGG. What i didn't know then is that there are two separate coils that make the fuel shutoff solenoid work. The pull coil, which i had "hot" wired (pun intended) which was obviously not meant to stay on for long periods of time, and the broken coil that is supposed to hold the solenoid open.

Long story short, i disconnected the solenoid and used a bunjee cord attached to the fuel shutoff lever to keep the engine running all the way from california to michigan. After i got home i connected a manual pull handle in place of the electric solenoid.

it's nice to learn about these sorts of things BEFORE you experience them!
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it's nice to learn about these sorts of things BEFORE you experience them!
Yup, that's why I started this inquiry in the first place!

Now, have I ever been to San Francisco with a large vehicle? Well, I spent eight
years making deliveries in San Francisco with a 65 foot 18-wheeler -- backing into
loading docks over sidewalks and between parked cars and.... Does that count?

More ranting: When I was a youngster in Norway, the throttle cable on my Lambretta
motor scooter froze on my way to work one snowy morning. I tied a string to the
lever on the carburetor and worked that with my foot for a few days.

Life is good!
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